• Title: Hand in the Till
  • Author: Gerald Hansen
  • ISBN: 9781450287708
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hand in the Till Comic Irish writing at its best Colin Quinn comedian The Troubles of Northern Ireland are history and in the city of Derry former foes Catholics and Protestants are living happily side by side Or a
    Comic Irish writing at its best Colin Quinn, comedian The Troubles of Northern Ireland are history, and in the city of Derry, former foes Catholics and Protestants are living happily side by side Or are they Hardened mother of seven unruly thugs, Fionnuala Flood, gets than she bargains for when she buys a case on the black market that contains not canned potatoesComic Irish writing at its best Colin Quinn, comedian The Troubles of Northern Ireland are history, and in the city of Derry, former foes Catholics and Protestants are living happily side by side Or are they Hardened mother of seven unruly thugs, Fionnuala Flood, gets than she bargains for when she buys a case on the black market that contains not canned potatoes or turnips, but explosives And a wilting branch of the defunct IRA will stop at nothing to get it back Adding to Fionnuala s woes, her two oldest sons are in prison, her husband s hands are fondling than frozen fish at the packing plant, and her lesbian daughter has just published a book exposing the family s attempts to get their claws into Auntie Ursula Barnett s lottery winnings the year before Daughter Dymphna, unwed mother, has just been kicked out of her boyfriend s house, adding two mouths to feed And worst of all, daughter Siofra s middle school is hosting a multi denominational talent contest, Fingers Across the Foyle, which is supposed to build harmony, but will pit the Catholic students against their Protestant rivals Siofra wants to nab the grand prize, a trip to Belfast to meet her idol Miley Cyrus in concert Fionnuala is having none of it Will the Semtex explode or will sanity prevail Throw in bottles of hallucinogenic absinthe, Ursula coming back to town for a showdown, and an old VCR tape that might change the world, and you have Hand In The Till, a darkly comic look at revenge, retribution and, perhaps, reconciliation.

    One Reply to “Hand in the Till”

    1. Dysfunctional Family in a Dysfunctional LandHansen’s collection of liars, thieves, dolts, drunkards, racists, and bullies; not one with a single redeeming quality; is the most delightful group of rogues you’d ever want to spend time with.Set in Derry, Northern Ireland, not long after the end of "The Troubles;" but for Hansen’s characters the war is far from over – not just between Catholic and Protestant; but seemingly between everyone and everyone else.The plot doesn't so much revolve, [...]

    2. Outrageously Funny!Great story and wildly funny about an Irish family that aren't your usual Irish family. This family has no qualms that their actions are normal. This is a great read!

    3. Fascinating readI really enjoyed this. Plot had so many different things going on. Eventually, it all kind of melded into one.

    4. Gerald Hansen hits the jackpot again with another outstanding piece of black comedy genius, delivered in his own unique style. This is the follow up to An Embarrassment of Riches. The legendary Fionnuala Flood and her extended family once more emblazon every page with their misguided antics and comedy of errors. Right from the off we know we're in for an explosive ride when we learn that tins of knock-off vegetables are actually filled with Semtex. Hansen not only has a rare talent for witty and [...]

    5. I won this through (and am late in adding it to my queueyipes!) and absolutely can't wait to get started! I've got a couple books to get through and then I can read this one. It looks like it will be a lot of fun!7/20/2011 I'm finally reading this oneyay! So far I can't tell you how many times I've laughed out loud. I can hear the characters (Hansen is extraordinarily skilled at writing an Irish brogue phonetically) and I admit that, regardless of how wrong they all are, I'm rooting for somethi [...]

    6. I was happy to win this as a First Reads copy because I do not usually dabble in this area of fiction. The book started out pretty slow (perhaps it is because I did not read the precursor, Embarrassment of Riches), but then become quite funny and builds to a plot-racing finish. It certainly seems as if there could be a third installment, too, given the ending. Hansen is darkly hilarious and I look forward to a third book with these vile characters!

    7. I just loved this book. I feel like I am somehow a part of the Irish community that the author Gerald Hansen writes about. I know that it took me over a year to finish reading it, but I could only read a few pages at a time during my spare time. It was worth the read. I couldn't be happier with myself at reading "Hand in the Till." What a wonderful book it was to read!!!

    8. It was a fast read. It wasn't really what I was expecting, but it was a good read. I didn't find it funny at all. I actually thought it was sad. It did get me thinking about things, which is always a bonus when reading a book. I wish I'd read the first book.

    9. I liked it. The ending was better than I was expecting; certainly more hopeful than the first book. Just as ridiculous, but also less so. I will read the third book, after a break!

    10. Somewhat humorous but mostly sad glimpse of a poor Catholic (green/coke) family's life in L'Derry, Ireland. With a derogatory term every other line, it is not for the faint of heart. In the author's defense, this family hates everyone equally.Probably will not read more by this author, but it was only about $2 on the Kindle.My favorite line came from 11-year-old Padraig after his mother asks why his little sister's face is bruised and cut:"An Orange bitch clattered seven shades of shite out of h [...]

    11. Once I got past the language and figured what was being said with the words and accents, I thought the book was funny.

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